Queensland first report to break down the long term building and construction needs of the region has been launched by the organisation Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). The report is an indication of the construction needs of the region over the next decade including details on skills demand.
The Rise report according to the CEO of CSQ is aimed at providing direction for the industry in terms of what skills are needed and where. It also helps with strategies on how to tackle these issues.
Read a post from www.csq.org.au that explains:
The Rise report is Queensland’s first comprehensive snapshot of specific residential and commercial building and construction industry needs over 10 years, presenting an analysis and skills demand profile of seven Queensland regions based on their own economic, social and demographic data.
The report combines thousands of pieces of qualitative and quantitative data to give government, councils, and the building and construction industry a skills road map to the future, identifying what skills will be needed and where they will be needed.
CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said Rise positions the building and construction industry to have a better trained workforce with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time providing a solid direction for skills supply strategies and a demand-driven training system.
The report confirms the growth in population and capital expenditure over the next 10 years in every region means we will still need building and construction skills, but where and how these tradespeople work will change. There can no longer be one picture for all of Queensland.
Findings from the comprehensive Rise report will enable industry workers, employers and government to better respond to building and construction skilling demands from 2012 to 2022.
Read more at: http://www.csq.org.au/about-csq/publications/rise
While the skills shortage is addressed in Queensland, new members will be entering the industry as training is provided for them. This training will allow them to adopt a craft and career path to follow and help the community to grow but these new members to the industry will be faced with a number of issues that their training will not teach them about, issues that affect their health and safety.
In order to address these health and safety issues workers entering the industry must undergo general safety training in the form of the national white card. The White Card is a nationally recognised certificate that is mandatory under state law.
As a worker or potential worker in the construction industry you are required to obtain a White Card by law in order to work on a construction site. While most workers seek to satisfy regulations by obtaining their white card, the benefits and knowledge gained are valuable and crucial to all construction workers.
Workers who have attained their White card would be trained on how to react to an asbestos situation. The aim of the white card course is to address health and safety issues and possible preventative measures. It is crucial to know how to respond and what procedures to follow, in order to preserve your life and the lives of your co-workers especially because young and new workers a notoriously vulnerable to injuries in the construction industry.